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10:25 PM ET, November 15, 2019

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Vicky Ward / CNN:
Exclusive: After private White House meeting, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was on a ‘secret mission’ for Trump, sources say  —  New York (CNN)Among the many guests who had their pictures taken with President Donald Trump at the White House's annual Hanukkah party last year were two  …
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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ News Exclusive |  Federal Prosecutors Probe Giuliani's Links to Ukrainian Energy Projects  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether Rudy Giuliani stood to personally profit from a Ukrainian natural-gas business pushed by two associates who also aided his efforts …
Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis, indicted Ukrainian-American Parnas met at least 6 times, governor's office says
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Is Rudy Giuliani Totally Screwed?
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump issues pardons in war-crimes cases, despite Pentagon opposition to the move  —  President Trump intervened in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations Friday, issuing at least two pardons that will prevent the Pentagon from pursuing future charges against the individuals involved …
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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases  —  The moves signaled that as commander in chief, Mr. Trump intends to use his power as the ultimate arbiter of military justice.  —  President Trump cleared three members of the armed services on Friday who have been accused or convicted …
Discussion: Axios and The Stranger
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary  —  Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, and an order directing the promotion …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Washington Post:   Trump intervenes in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations, issuing pardons
ABC News:
Trump issues pardons for service members accused of war crimes
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Nancy Pelosi says Trump's attacks on witnesses “very significant” to impeachment probe  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that President Trump's ongoing attacks on witnesses in the impeachment probe — including his tweets about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch Friday …
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and Mediaite
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Witness intimidation in real-time’: Democrats see more evidence of Trump obstruction  —  House Democrats are calling Donald Trump's decision to attack Marie Yovanovitch mid-hearing on Friday a blatant example of witness intimidation, further building the case to charge the president …
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“THIS IS THE WAY GANGSTERS OPERATE”: A HERO IS BORN AS YOVANOVITCH GIVES VOICE TO WIDESPREAD RAGE AT STATE  —  The diplomatic rank and file believe Mike Pompeo has allowed Trump to pollute the State Department with politics.  Marie Yovanovitch made their case.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
The devastating day Trump's presidency came into sharp focus — in Congress, the White House and court
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
CNN:
Witness overheard US ambassador tell Trump that Ukraine would investigate Biden  —  (CNN)A US ambassador told President Donald Trump that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “loves your ass” and that Ukraine was going to move forward with the investigation Trump had asked Zelensky for a day earlier …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Embassy Official Confirms Trump Asked About Ukraine Investigation  —  The official in Kiev also said that he was told President Trump cared more about the investigations than about Ukraine.  —  WASHINGTON — An official from the United States Embassy in Kiev confirmed to House impeachment investigators …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Transcript Shows WH Made Up Details of Trump's Zelensky Call
Discussion: Politico and Gothamist
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Obama Says Average American Doesn't Want to ‘Tear Down System’  —  Former President Barack Obama, in an address to liberal donors, warned candidates not to go too far left and sought to calm those who were concerned about the state of the Democratic primary.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   Obama tells Democratic candidates to ease off talk of revolution
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:   Pete Buttigieg's Work At McKinsey Is A Secret
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Jackie Speier erupts at reporter for The Hill  —  Angered by the testimony of ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, California Rep. Jackie Speier upbraided a reporter for The Hill and ripped the outlet's publication of columns by John Solomon, the conservative journalist whose work is at the center …
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Washington Post:
Trump's Doral resort was a last-minute addition in search for G-7 site, newly released email shows  —  Secret Service agents had identified four U.S. sites as finalists for next year's Group of Seven summit — but then they were told to add a new finalist: President Trump's Doral resort …
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Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Secret Service Records Contradict Trump's Claim on Doral G-7  —  CREW received records from the United States Secret Service that, along with emails from Doral city officials, undermine President Trump's dubious claim that members of the Secret Service wanted the 2020 G-7 Summit to be hosted at Trump's Doral resort in Miami.
Discussion: HuffPost and Washington Post
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Elise Stefanik emerges in impeachment hearings as key Trump defender — and GOP celebrity  —  On the House floor, Rep. Elise Stefanik has built the record of a Republican maverick: She's one of the few GOP lawmakers to vote against the party's sweeping 2017 tax bill, back equal rights …
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New York Times:
Roger Stone Is Convicted of Impeding Investigators in a Bid to Protect Trump  —  Mr. Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, obstructed one of Congress's Russia investigations and lied to lawmakers.  —  WASHINGTON — For decades, Roger J. Stone Jr. played politics as a kind …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Trump's honesty was on trial in the Roger Stone case. The verdict was harsh.
Washington Post:
Roger Stone guilty on all counts in federal trial of lying to Congress, witness tampering
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I Got A Text From A Russian Wanted By The FBI About Trump's Impeachment Inquiry  —  “DC does not give a shit about Ukraine.  It is a tool in their political fight.  An object.  A dildo with which Dems and GOP fuck each other,” Konstantin Kilimnik told BuzzFeed News.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
“Sickening” And “Proof” Of Racism: DHS Officials Said Stephen Miller Must Go After His Emails Were Released  —  “Not that it wasn't clear before — these emails just confirm what we all know,” a DHS official said.  “I'm disgusted that my venerable agency has turned into his personal tool for hate.”
 
 
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Fred Imbert / CNBC:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Support for Trump's impeachment unchanged after hearings begin: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben White / Politico:
Why markets don't care about impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart, Fortune and Redstate
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Deval Patrick pushed out officials who wanted to put his brother-in-law on sex offender registry
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New York Times:
Court Stops Execution of Rodney Reed in Texas After Outcry
Discussion: HuffPost and Jacobin
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Beth Mole / Ars Technica:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the single leading source of anti-vax ads on Facebook
Washington Post:
Trump appeals to Supreme Court again, this time to block House committee's subpoena seeking his financial records
Discussion: NPR, One America News Network and Axios
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why Fox News has gone wobbly on anti-Semitism